Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Battle of North Cape




On this day in 1943, one of the last great duels between gun armed warships occurred. A British force commanded by Admiral Bruce Fraser caught and destroyed the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst off the coast of Norway. Of Scharnhorst's total complement of 1,968, only 36 were pulled from the frigid waters (none were officers). Top image: HMS Duke of York, Fraser's flagship. Bottom image: German battle cruiser Scharnhorst.

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